After a head-on collision: Keeping your toddler safe

On Behalf of | May 14, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

A car accident can be a scary encounter, and even more so when your child is in the car. If you’re involved in a head-on collision with your toddler secured in their car seat, the adrenaline rush and concern for your child’s well-being can be overwhelming.

It might seem counterintuitive, but before tending to your child, prioritize your safety. Check yourself for any injuries that could hinder your ability to help your child. If you’re seriously injured, call for help immediately. However, if you can move safely, turn off your car’s engine, activate your hazard lights and assess the situation.

Secure the scene and call for help

Once you’ve confirmed your safety, check for any hazards like leaking fuel or sparking wires. If there’s any danger, carefully move yourself and your child away from the scene. Call emergency services immediately. Provide the respondent with clear information about the collision, including the location, the number of vehicles involved and the injuries you and your toddler have sustained.

Check on your child

While waiting for help to arrive, talk to your child in a calm and reassuring voice. Do not remove your child from the car seat unless there’s a fire or another immediate threat, or the car seat is visibly damaged. Removing your child from a properly secured car seat after an accident can worsen potential injuries. Let emergency personnel assess the situation and remove the child safely.

Observe your child for signs of injury

Even if your child appears unharmed initially, be vigilant for any signs of delayed injury. These can include:

  • Loss of consciousness or confusion
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unusual drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Seizures
  • Bleeding or bruising
  • Changes in behavior or personality

Even minor bumps to the head warrant medical evaluation.

Document the scene

If you’re able, take photographic evidence at the accident scene. These can include the damage to your vehicle and any visible damage to the car seat. This documentation can come in handy if you choose to pursue compensation.

Follow medical advice

After the accident, take your child to the emergency room or a doctor’s appointment for a thorough evaluation, even if they seem okay. Medical practitioners can detect internal injuries and help ensure your child receives any necessary treatment.

By following these steps, you can help secure the best possible care for you and your toddler after a car accident. Remember, you have the right to pursue compensation for the injuries you and your child sustained in the accident, provided that it was caused by another’s negligence. A reliable legal team can help ensure you receive fair compensation per your unique circumstances.

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